Six research organisations have joined forces to save lives at sea by providing a world-class marine monitoring and forecasting service.
The consortium, led by the Met Office, has won a European Union funded contract to provide data on currents, temperature, salinity, sea level and biogeochemistry. This will build on five years of developmental work.
Dr Jason Holt, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) science lead on the project, and co-chair of the National Partnership for Ocean Predication, said “We are really pleased to be part of this service, which will enable the NOC’s world-leading research on predicting the shelf sea environment to have direct social and economic benefits”.
The other partners are; Plymouth Marine Laboratory; Institute of Marine Research, Norway; the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany and ENVITA. The data they provide will be available free of charge at http://marine.copernicus.eu/, under European North West Shelf Seas. There are ten categories of data – Ocean Temperature, Ocean Salinity, Ocean Currents, Sea Ice, Sea Level, Winds, Ocean Optics, Ocean Chemistry, Ocean Biology and Ocean Chlorophyll.
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